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Symantec Corp. | 09 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

By Anil Chakravarthy, Senior Vice President, Storage and Availability Management Group

Today we announced the latest version of Symantec Data Insight.

Since Symantec acquired Veritas Software in 2004, we’ve had one clear and focused goal – to help our customers manage and protect their information. This is what keeps us up at night.

The creation of Data Insight was a natural innovation and outgrowth of the acquisition. It demonstrates innovation and integration across Symantec’s security and storage portfolio. For those of you not familiar with Data Insight, the solution improves information governance by providing intelligence into ownership and usage of unstructured data – including files such as documents, presentations, spreadsheets and emails.

In order to manage and protect data, organizations need to know what...

Patricia Titus | 01 Mar 2012 | 2 comments

Security leaders have come a long way, from backroom IT gurus to earning a seat at the executive table. Today, boardroom discussions increasingly focus on security threats and risk management and CISOs are being asked by the CEO “How secure is our online e-commerce site?” or “Are we at risk of being attacked by hackers?”

As a security leader, your answer to these questions can determine whether you get the resources and support needed to manage the risks to your organization. Therefore, the ability to answer these kinds of questions in a way that resonates with business executives is critical.

To do this, you cannot rely on the technical dashboards of IT GRC solutions past. While these dashboards allow you to respond to security...

Sean Doherty | 01 Mar 2012 | 1 comment

It’s no secret that information is the prize in today’s war between businesses and cybercriminals. And just when organizations had come to terms with the fortress-style protection needed to keep information safe within the corporate walls, technology evolved to include virtualization and cloud. These advances provide increased business flexibility, improved scalability and can create significant cost savings, but they also increase your exposure to outside threats and therefore drive up risk. And, as if to make matters worse your InfoSec team has to figure out how to keep corporate data safe when it is being accessed out of the office on mobile devices, as well as ensuring the security of the virtualized data center which is highly dynamic in nature.

Symantec is teaming up with the leading virtualization provider VMware, to address some of the most pressing security issues affecting businesses globally as they take the step to virtualize more business critical...

Symantec Corp. | 27 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

By Rowan Trollope, Group President, SMB and Symantec.cloud

Few people wear more hats than the small business owner. One minute you’re a CEO, the next you’re the CFO, and then you’re the HR manager. The last thing you need is to spend time worrying about IT, while you are trying to focus on driving sales.

The technology you use to conduct your daily business is vital to the health of your operation. You may not pay much attention while everything is running smoothly, but when something goes wrong it can mean disaster. One significant data loss incident can ruin your business.

Fortunately, that’s why you take steps to protect your critical information. Except, many SMBs aren’t doing enough. First, they either don’t back up their information at all or fail to do so regularly. A recent Symantec survey showed that less than half of small businesses back up their data at least weekly. And 61 percent lack basic protection...

Symantec Corp. | 21 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

By Patricia Titus, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer

Everywhere you go these days, you see smartphones and tablets. There’s no question that these incredible devices have transformed our lives and made it easier than ever to conduct business and access corporate information. From accessing email in the airport to video conferencing at home, mobile devices are enabling more people to be more productive in more places.

Mobility Has Become Mainstream

Smartphones – and, to an increasing extent, tablets – have officially arrived as a bona fide business tool. A majority of organizations (59 percent, according to Symantec’s recent State of Mobility Survey) are now making line-of-business apps available remotely. In addition, 71 percent are even considering the creation of a corporate app “store.” Why? It has to do with IT agility. Given the pace of business today, the ability to react quickly...

Symantec Corp. | 14 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Acronis and yesterday filed suit against Veeam Software.  Symantec invests deeply in its research and development in order to provide its customers with innovative technologies.  Acronis and Veeam unlawfully leverage Symantec patented technologies in their respective backup and replication products.  This free riding on Symantec is wrong and Symantec has filed these lawsuits to protect its intellectual property.  The filed complaints are provided in the attached documents.

Sean Doherty | 13 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

One hot topic in IT and information security today is the Advanced Persistent Threat, usually abbreviated to APT. However, the P in APT might as well stand for People. And therein lies a clue as to how APTs differ from other targeted attacks, something about which there has been a some confusion.

A standard targeted attack, while often requiring a significant investment of time, does not have dedicated personnel over a long period. If the assets that they are targeting are harder to reach than expected, or pwned asset is removed or patched, then that will often end the attack and another victim selected. Some targeted attacks are even highly automated. In an APT, however, there is someone continually guiding the attack, making adjustments to counter when the victim tries to stop it. It’s very much a person-to-...

Tom Powledge | 01 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

Any knowledgeable entrepreneur would cite innovation as a key to business success in today’s world. And yet innovation means more than simply inventing the next great iPhone app. It can be as simple as implementing an existing idea into the way you do business. The core of innovation is change – being unafraid to look critically at how you do things and see if maybe there’s a better way. Just as evolutionary change keeps organisms one step ahead of the competing species, searching for ways to improve your business can give you an edge over your competitors.

Innovation for your organization might be as simple as identifying and eliminating redundant tasks, or updating elements of your IT infrastructure. In particular, finding a way to do more with less is crucial in today’s sluggish economy. One significant opportunity for innovation...

Brian Dye | 15 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

All around us we see examples of the balance between control and freedom. Too much governmental control means you have little say in your life, but too little results in anarchy. Children need structure to keep from running wild, but provide too much and they fail to develop key social and other life skills.

This same tug-of-war plays out when it comes to managing corporate information. Employees usually want to be able to access information anywhere, on any device, with infinite retention. The business typically wants to keep that information locked down to prevent loss of customer data and resulting brand damage. Legal in many cases wants to minimize information retention to reduce long term liability. Complicating this situation is that all three groups look at “the information” in different ways, and in many cases have poor visibility to the information altogether.

Striking the right balance between freedom and control, between retention and...

Gina Sheibley | 09 Jan 2012 | 2 comments

 

In 2011, corporate information emerged as the most coveted asset in the cybercrime war, the vast amount of digital information in the world grew even more rapidly and the surge in mobile devices in the workplace added another layer of complexity for IT executives.

So what's next?  I sat down with Francis deSouza, Symantec's Group President of Enterprise Products and Services, to get a sense of the challenges CIOs will face in their quest to keep their information secure and accessible in 2012.  Following is a recap of our discussion including a few key predictions to consider as you plan for the year ahead: 

Question 1:Francis, you spend a lot of time with our customers.  What challenges do they face in the year ahead?

Francis deSouza: As...